Bridge Anyone?

A fun card game for all

Millions of people across the globe enjoy a card game called Bridge. Even if you’ve never played the game, you’ve definitely heard of it. Bridge was hugely popular in the 1960s. You may have played yourself back then or you may remember watching your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors play the game. Perhaps, you still play bridge today.

Bridge is a complex game so it can take some time and dedication to learn, but the game is engaging and loads of fun once you get down the basics. Bridge challenges you and keeps you thinking. It makes use of skills like reasoning, memory, and communication.

Although not as popular as it once was, Bridge still has plenty of fans and enthusiasts. You may be surprised by some of the well-known people who play Bridge. Business magnates Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are both avid Bridge players. George Burns and Omar Sharif also played bridge.

Here are a few great things about Bridge that may inspire you to learn the game or pick it up again if it has been a while since you’ve played.

Great things about Bridge...

  • Bridge is social. One of the best things about Bridge is that it brings people together. It takes at least four people to play in person. There also are plenty of software programs that allow you to play alone. And there are websites that make it possible to play Bridge with people in locations across the globe.
  • Bridge is cheap. Another great thing about Bridge is that it is an inexpensive and entertaining way to spend time with family and friends. There are no hidden costs involved in playing Bridge. Of course, you do need to invest in a pack of playing cards. And, if you are hosting a Bridge game, you may want to serve some refreshments as well.
  • Bridge stimulates the brain. There are few games around that offer as great a mental workout as Bridge. Every time you play Bridge you use a wide range of cognitive and interactive skills. Bridge makes you think, problem solve, plan, predict, and retain information. It involves communication and partnership.
  • Bridge is never boring. A game of Bridge may be lengthy and sometimes feel frustrating, but it will never be boring. The game keeps moving and you’re always engaged in it. Throughout the game, there are decisions to make and countless ways to play each hand.
  • Bridge skills improve with time. The more you play Bridge, the better a player you become. And, no matter how much you play or how good you get at the game, there’s always more to learn and figure out. As in life, every mistake made in Bridge gives you an opportunity to learn and evolve.
  • Bridge is ageless. Just about anyone… of just about any age… can play Bridge. It’s a pastime that can be continued far into the “seasoned times” of life. Age-related physical limitations so common in later years rarely get in the way of playing Bridge. It’s a game that generations can enjoy together, from children to seniors.
  • Bridge is easy to begin. Bridge may be a complex game, but that doesn’t mean it’s daunting to learn how to play. If you’re willing to put in the effort and time needed, you’ll be able to pick up the rules and nuances of the game without too much frustration. Because it’s impossible to completely master the game of Bridge, playing is an ongoing learning experience. Once you’ve got the basics down, the rest will come with time.

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